Superheroes get all of the glory. As they should, they’re doing a good thing by constantly saving the world from various threats. When you have those kinds of powers, you’re pretty unstoppable. Whether it’s Peter Parker’s spider-like abilities (and mechanical web-shooters) or Kal-El’s god-like superhuman strength and invulnerability. Those are some pretty spectacular abilities. But it’s not just the powers that make the superhero. It also has a lot to do with their costume of choice.
For a lot of characters, their superhuman abilities come straight from their suits. Much like Tony Stark with all of this different Iron Man suits in the Marvel universe. He can’t go anywhere without it, plus he’s even upgraded suits for other heroes like Spider-Man. And we all know Batman has a plethora of suits he has worn throughout the decades over in the DC world. Black Panther has a suit made entirely of vibranium, which makes him invincible. Plenty of heroes are known for their great suits. But what about the villains? Surely they have some noteworthy costumes.
There are some supervillains who have some pretty nice and elaborate costumes as well. Doctor Doom, Black Beetle, The Rhino and so on. It’s time the bad guys get a little bit of shine. So let’s take a look at the 15 most powerful supervillain suits in comics.
Annihilus is one of the enemies of the Fantastic Four. Making his first appearance in Fantastic Four Annual #6, in November of 1968, meaning that fans have been reading about him for decades now. Like most supervillains, he has superhuman strength. During some individual fights, he was able to easily defeat characters like Blastaar, Quasar, the Thing, Nova Prime, and even Thor. With a resume like that, it should definitely tell you something about his level of strength. But the villain also has a pretty neat suit. Annihilus has armor that upon closer inspection, is actually an insectoid exoskeleton that is also made up of some armored components. This unique nature of his armor gives Annihilus the ability to be resistant to most forms of injury, things like extreme hot or cold temperatures, ammunition from all sorts of military-grade weaponry and whatnot.
This is a pretty silly name for a villain, but his suit is actually kind of cool. Plus, you probably aren’t going to make fun of his name to his face! Stilt-Man first appeared in Daredevil #8, a criminal wearing an impenetrable suit of armor equipped with powerful telescopic legs. The suit’s legs have hydraulic rams, and if they are used properly, they can be battering rams. They’re also able to stretch up to 250 inches, which is pretty long and useful when used in the right situations. It sounds like he belongs in the circus. Stilt-Man can also walk up to 30 miles per hour, so don’t think you can get away. He’s got degrees in physics and mechanical engineering so it certainly sounds as if he knows what he’s doing.
13. Black Beetle
Blue Beetle definitely has one of the best and coolest suits in the DC universe. Black Beetle is an enemy of Blue Beetle, naturally. Black Beetle first appeared in Booster Gold vol. 2 #5 in 2007. So the character has only been around for 10 years, but there are plenty of reasons to still consider him for this list. The Black Beetle wears what looks like a black version of Jaime Reyes’ blue scarab suit. But what does that mean? Well, he possesses many of the same powers as Jaime. The suit allows him to utilize energy blasts and it also has some cool flight abilities. One very cool thing about the suit is that it allows him to travel through time as well as protecting him from the effects of time portals.
Not too many people know about the character of Stryfe. For those who are curious, however, Stryfe is better known as Nathan Christopher Summers, aka Cable who is the son of Cyclops of the X-Men. Named after his future self, he is super powerful, with a whole host of abilities, like telepathy and telekinesis. Along with superhuman speed, strength, and stamina. Stryfe almost always wears a suit of armor constructed of an unknown alloy that is light in weight but surprisingly tough. This is basically the only piece of equipment he has/wears, but it makes him incredibly formidable. It also certainly always makes him look super cool. So that for reason alone, it definitely deserves to be mentioned on this list.
11. Mr. Freeze
Mr. Freeze has always been one of Batman’s most persistent bad guys. His original name was actually Mr. Zero in the comics. But thanks to the ’60s Batman television series, his name was changed to Mr. Freeze and that name carried over into the comics. The suit helps Freeze at the sub-zero temperatures. This is definitely important when you consider he needs that to stay alive and keep doing evil deeds. On top of that, it has a number of weapons and equipment that Freeze designed personally. The suit even contains more than one countermeasure that will let him control his immediate surrounding environment. Plus, if anybody tries to use his weaponry against him, he can simply access the security override chip that is in the suit to put it to a stop.
10. The Rhino
Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich/Alex O’Hirn, aka The Rhino, is a classic Spider-Man villain. The rhinoceros suit he wears gives him some added physical strength and it also features a bulletproof polymer mat hide, with two horns that can penetrate 2-inch plate steel. So he’s certainly got power. Another great thing about the suit is that it’s highly impervious to damage, able to withstand massive explosions. In addition, it can stand toe-to-toe against the impact of small anti-tank weaponry and not get damaged, and can take on extremely hot temperatures without melting or getting a crack. The suit is also acid resistant and best of all, it is removable. Just in case he needed to use the bathroom or anything.
9. Crimson Dynamo
Anton Vanko who is perhaps better known under the villain name the Crimson Dynamo, was also the armor’s creator. Making his first appearance in Tales of Suspense #46 in 1963, Vanko was a formidable foe for Iron Man. Much like many armored suits, the Crimson Dynamo armor gives its wearer superhuman durability and strength. No surprise there. Carborundum matrix alloy helps make up the outer layer of the suit. Along with the defensive nature of the material, the suit also comes equipped with plenty of weapons to help keep Vanko alive in a fight.
When breaking it down, this includes the suit being equipped with hand-blasters that have the ability to fire high-frequency electrical bolts. Not to mention he also has boot jets that give him increased mobility and the ability to fly. All of which you can imagine come in handy when facing someone like Iron Man.
8. Iron Monger
The second Iron Man villain on the list, the Iron Monger. Obadiah Stane was the first person to take on the role of the Iron Monger. His appearance occurred in Iron Man #163 which came out in 1982. The actual armor debuted in Iron Man #200 in 1985. The Iron Monger armor is essentially made of omnium steel, which is a fake alloy made up just for the comics. The armor is in fact based on a more modified version of the very first Iron Man blueprint Tony Stark came up with. If you’ve seen the 2008 superhero film Iron Man, you’d have a better understanding of the suit and the abilities that come with it. The repulsors were more powerful than Iron Man’s and the armor overall was larger and stronger as well.
7. Titanium Man
Titanium Man is yet another Iron Man villain. The character made his first appearance in Tales of Suspense #69 which was released back in September of 1965. The character was created by Stan Lee and Don Heck. Two different individuals have taken on the role of the character. They are Boris Bullski and Kondrati Topolov, the latter of whom was the mutant who went by the name of Gremlin. They sure loved using Russian names back in the ’60s. The armor was green and similar to that used by Iron Man as well as the Crimson Dynamo. Titanium Man has physical strength that even surpasses that of Iron Man. The suit was also able to fly at supersonic speeds and was even resistant to most conventional artillery.
Venom is one of Spider-Man’s greatest villains, and for good reason. The Venom Symbiote created itself by first being attached to Spider-Man. So he’s got all of the same powers as Spidey, with organic web shooters. He can also go undetected by his spider sense, which can come in very good handy every now and then. It’s even got some shape-shifting abilities, including the ability to grow in size, which is pretty scary. The Venom symbiote also has what is referred to as a “dimensional aperture,” allowing whoever its host is to carry items without additional weight or mass being put onto the suit. Venom is also able to lift 13 tons, he’s impervious to bullets and some versions of the suit can even replicate itself.
If we’re going to talk about Spider-Man/Peter Parker villains, we have to, at the very least, mention Venom. And if we’re going to talk about Venom, we might as well talk about Carnage. The world was first introduced to the character Cletus Kasady in The Amazing Spider-Man #344 which was released in March of 1991. He appeared as Carnage in #360. Comic writer David Michelinie initially wanted Carnage to be much more sinister than Venom. This alien symbiote gives Cletus even more superhuman strength than Venom and Spider-Man combined. That’s pretty strong. He, too, has much of the same powers as Spider-Man. This is because the Venom symbiotes very first host, which was Peter, transferred a number of Spidey’s power into the ferocious symbiote.
Yes, Ultron is a robot. Ultron was built from the ground up, created by scientist Hank Pym. He may not wear a fancy costume, but that doesn’t stop him from being pretty powerful. Ultron’s outer armor is, for the most part, composed primarily of adamantium, which is basically impervious to any kind of damage. At least that’s how it goes in the comics. The character has a bit of a different origin in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in Avengers: Age of Ultron. What Ultron possesses is a humanoid robotic body, first constructed out of Tony Stark’s left over Iron Legion drones. Later on in the film, Ultron was able to build a far more durable form that was covered and reinforced with an outer shell made entirely of Vibranium, the rarest metal on Earth.
3. Green Goblin
Norman Osborn, aka the Green Goblin, created his own armor. Originally it was manufactured at Oscorp as a battle suit for the military. But Norman remade it with a Goblin motif so it would make more sense for what he was doing. There’s chainmail in the tunic, which provides protection from high impact. This would especially help him during his fights against Spider-Man, with all of the punching and kicking. It comes with Goblin boots that allow him to hover, though he mainly uses the glider to get around. The gloves also contain finger blasters which in the past have been known to be able to shoot a blinding flash or electricity. It’s certainly some cool tech.
2. Lex Luthor’s Warsuit
Lex Luthor is the enemy of Superman, so naturally, he’s going to need some assistance if he’s going toe-to-toe with him. Lex’s special warsuit made its debut in Action Comics #544 in June of 1983. He was on his adopted home planet of Lexor (as weird as it sounds) and managed to obtain this superior piece of tech. The suit is able to give Lex superhuman strength as well as greatly increase his durability. It also allows him to fly, gives him the ability to create force fields, and he can also project energy from its gauntlets. He would specifically fire Kryptonite at Superman while in battle because, of course, that is Superman’s weakness.
1. Doctor Doom’s Mystical Armor
Doctor Doom has the coolest armor and costume, by far. And yes, it’s also the most powerful. Why? Well, he used both science and magic to craft this special armor, his mystical armor. While it is an outstanding suit, the exact specifications are not known. The suit came at a cost though and in order to obtain the armor, Doom had to sacrifice something that was completely irreplaceable, like a person. He made a deal with the Haazareth Three – 3 demons who pride themselves on granting power in exchange for sacrifices.
When forced to pick, Doom chose the only woman he had ever loved as his sacrifice. Her skin was turned into the leather that is used in his armor. Talk about an intense deal!
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